Studying at the Duke Lemur Center is a once in a lifetime experience!
We encourage graduate students to become involved in research at the DLC, either as their own PI or as a Research Assistant on their advisor’s protocol. To offer financial support to Duke graduate students who pursue research at the DLC, we have established the DLC Director’s Fund.
The DLC is dedicated to providing research opportunities for motivated undergraduate students looking to gain experience. For those particularly interested in primate behavior, ecology, and cognition and who do not have a faculty mentor, the DLC has created two opportunities:
- Field Research Internship: This program serves to introduce students to lemur research and data collection, specifically aimed at benefiting undergraduate students who have no prior research experience and/or do not have a faculty mentor. The Research Intern program is offered year-round, but is most structured in the summer with each intern completing and presenting an independent project. For additional information and to apply, please contact the Research Manager (Dr. Erin Ehmke, email@example.com )
- Duke work study: For those students eligible for Duke work study. Please contact Meg Dye, Student Project Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about openings and for additional information.
In addition, several Duke professors, graduate students, and postdocs regularly accept volunteers as Research Assistants to collect data for ongoing projects at the DLC. Experienced undergraduate students and those working under a faculty mentor are encouraged to submit proposals for their own independent study and are eligible to apply for the Molly Glander Research Award.
Duke classes at the DLC
The unique educational opportunities available to undergraduate students at Duke are unparalleled. Students are often found out in the natural habitat enclosures trailing their study subjects or in a laboratory setting discovering secrets long-held by these endangered species. Below is a listing of just a few of the courses currently offered through Duke’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology that partner with the DLC:
544L (244L) – Methods in Primate Field Ecology
200+-level course in behavior or ecology. Primate taxa as ecologically adaptive radiations. Survey of field methods used in the study of primate ecology, including the habitat assessment, mapping, and behavioral observations using computer technology. Laboratory includes observations of primates at the Duke Lemur Center.
344L (144L) — Primate Field Biology
Survey of field methods used to document primate behavior; development of research project; data analysis and writing of formal research articles; lab includes observations of free-ranging primates at the Duke Lemur Center. Students work outside and need a current TB test. Transportation is provided.
393 (193) – Research Independent Study
Individual, hypothesis-driven, research; data collection and data analysis culminating in a substantive written report. Open to qualified students who, before being given permission to register, must submit to the faculty advisor and DUS a written proposal outlining the area of study and listing the goals and meeting schedule.
460 (292) — Research in Cognitive Evolution
Independent Study in the Brian Hare Lab
495S (293S) – Advanced Research in EvAnth
Advanced research in an EvAnth-related topic, typically leading to Graduation with Distinction. This course includes a one-hour weekly seminar on topics such as hypothesis testing, research design, data analysis, and writing up preliminary data. Students are also expected to complete original research (equivalent to an independent study) during the semester.